Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,409
Hints and tips by Huntsman
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
Well I guess autumn has arrived with a damp couple of days in store. I’m checking out a variety of weather apps to see if we can get away with a round of golf at 2pm without getting soaked. Then it’s an evening trip to the Abbey Theatre in St Albans to see The Company of Ten perform The Weekend, a play by Michael Palin.
We’ve a full 32 clues for today’s very enjoyable guzzle puzzle, which I’m assuming is by Anthony Plumb. All the usual plethora of single letter insertions & deletions to contend with. It’s not difficult but I thought there was a good bit of humour, some excellent surface reads & clever indicators. Only two bits of GK required which made for an entertaining, albeit brisk, solve.
In the following hints, definitions are underlined, indicators are mostly in parentheses, and answers are revealed by clicking where shown as usual. Please leave a comment below on how you got on with the puzzle.
1a Get beneath structure for spectators (10)
UNDERSTAND: a synonym for beneath followed by an elevated structure for viewers.
6a Settee until now scratching rear (4)
SOFA: delete the last letter (scratching rear) from a two word way of saying until now.
10a Religious journey delays just the odd characters (5)
GODLY: another word for journey as a verb plus the alternate letters (just the odd characters) of DeLaY.
11a Pauses in travels abroad (9)
INTERVALS: an anagram (abroad) of IN TRAVELS.
12a Advantage about introducing Connery initially to R Moore? (8)
SCULPTOR: insert the first letter of Connery into a reversal (about) of a synonym for advantage and append TO + R from the wordplay. The Moore that you’re looking for wasn’t a star of screen or stage.
13a What the Eiffel Tower is made of Nick heard (5)
STEEL: a homophone of another word for nick (ignore capitalisation) or purloin.
15a What plain cake might be observed? (7)
NOTICED: a lack of cake decoration gives you a cryptic definition.
17a Line on ground gets most stretched out (7)
LONGEST: the single letter for Line + on from the wordplay then append an anagram (ground) of GETS.
19a Large snake – son runs! (7)
LADDERS: the single letter abbreviation for Large & for Son then place Britain’s only venomous snake in between them.
21a Friend possessing skill is only half biased (7)
PARTIAL: start with an informal word for a friend then insert (possessing) another word for skill + just the first letter (only half) of is in the clue
22a Confess District Attorney returns with German(5)
ADMIT: reverse (returns) the two letter acronym for the law officer then add the German for with.
24a Tries tamest exercises without physical training (8)
ATTEMPTS: an anagram (exercises) of TAMEST & the two letter abbreviation for physical training.
27a Dave tries playing trumpet (9)
ADVERTISE: an anagram (playing) of DAVE TRIES. Definition nowt to do with the instrument 🎺.
28a Mixed drink left for papa’s meal (5)
LUNCH: replace the single letter for papa (NATO phonetic alphabet) with that for Left from the front of a mixed drink that can be dangerously potent – as past hangovers can attest to.
29a In private, encourages adolescent (4)
TEEN: a lurker.
30a Calm soldiers finally left community (10)
SETTLEMENT: link a synonym for calm & a term for soldiers + the last letter (finally) of left in the clue.
1d Egg on burger poking out both ends (4)
URGE: remove (poking out both ends) the exterior letters of burger. Neat surface.
2d Devoted doctor diced with death leaving hospital (9)
DEDICATED: an anagram (doctor) of DICED with DEAT(h) – the single letter for hospital being omitted (leaving).
3d Amateur soldiers upset king? (5)
ROYAL: a synonym for amateur + the two letter term for non officers then reverse (upset) the lot. The question mark indicates definition by example.
4d Old army volunteers implied no leader’s corrupt (7)
TAINTED: the two letter acronym for the volunteers now renamed the Army Reserve + a synonym for implied less the initial letter (no leader).
5d Unrefined ancient city in African province (7)
NATURAL: a bit of geography – place our usual city state in ancient Mesopotamia inside a South African province now merged with KwaZulu & a wonderful place to visit
7d Speak of ignoring female judge (5)
ORATE: start with of in the clue but delete (ignoring) the single letter for Female then append a synonym for judge or assess.
8d Of course sailor yells out at sea (10)
ABSOLUTELY: the usual two letter for a naval rating on a merchant ship followed by an anagram (at sea) of YELLS OUT.
9d One doing a stretch is inside lying flat on top of rug (8)
PRISONER: insert is from the clue into a word meaning lying flat then append the first letter (top of) Rug.
14d Nasty uniform with new length seized by agricultural worker (10)
UNPLEASANT: start with the single letter abbreviation for Uniform (NATO alphabet) & for New then add an agricultural worker into which you insert the single letter for Length.
16d Animal found with no tail on river (8)
CREATURE: remove the final letter (no tail) from a synonym of found or start then add a Yorkshire river.
18d Being upset, exit scene (9)
EXISTENCE: an anagram (upset) of EXIT SCENE.
20d Fish following ship around each beach (7)
SEASIDE: place the two letter abbreviation for EAch inside that for a ship then append crosswordland’s favourite 3 letter fish.
21d One’s bandaged by obvious person in hospital? (7)
PATIENT: the letter represented by the Roman numeral for one inserted (bandaged) into a synonym for obvious.
23d Summits of Mountains Overwhelm Viewers In Exciting film (5)
MOVIE: the initial letters (summits of) the five words preceding the definition.
25d Person who wrote about a bear student found in pit (5)
MILNE: the usual letter for a student inserted into (found in) a pit containing minerals or energy resources.
26a Rabbit’s tea time (4)
CHAT: a word for the beverage plus the single letter for Time giving you a definition in the sense of chinwag as sung by Chas & Dave
12a was my clear favourite today with ticks for 19&24a along with 1,2&8d. Loved the Quickie pun too. Which ones hit the spot for you?
Today’s Quick Crossword pun: PAX+ SAP + HUNCH= PACKS A PUNCH